January 25, 2011

Treasuries on Tuesday

I am so happy to list my items on etsy.

I feel that I am among some of the most amazing talent. I am not certain if you have ever looked around etsy; but if you have not, you should.

I decided to do a treasury every Tuesday and post it here. Here I will feature my favorites, a theme or who knows...it could be anything.

This Tuesday is my first and in honor of the blog giveaway that started yesterday, I decided to find so pretty animal prints. I think Lisa is partial to animal prints. :) Want to participate in the giveaway, click here.

If you have a theme you want me to search around for, leave me a comment...I am happy to do your requested searches.

So please go check out these fabulous etsy sellers...and the best part is, I do not personally know any of them.

Tuesday Treasury...Grrr...Animal Prints...click here! (part of the way treasuries get to the front page as a feature is when people click and comment on it. So I encourage you to do so.)

Here are four items you will see and a dozen more:

who doesn't need a new make-up bag?

how adorable are these baby booties?

protect your kindle...

cook in style...no one can have too many aprons



January 24, 2011

Featured Giveaway on www.LisaSmithBlog.com

A dear friend of mine is sitting at MD Anderson in Houston today having scans to make sure that the very rare breast cancer she is fighting is still in remission. Me and many fother riends and family members are praying for clear scans.
January is her anniversary month. Her anniversay of finding out that the lump she felt was not a good one. So this is the month she chose to feature one of my necklaces in her blog giveaway.

Here is a little background....
Back in March of 2010, I was on facebook and I saw a lot of high school friends joining the prayer wall for another high school classmate. Oh dear, I thought...what could be wrong. I did a little research and found her blog. I began reading....reading until I found out why she had a prayer wall. I found out that she was diagnosed with a very rare breast cancer and that she was fighting with her insurance company for a much need surgery....a surgery to save her life.
How can this be, I thought to myself. She is my age...a mother of 4 young children. I ask why to a question there are no real answers for. But as I log in every.single.day. to see how she is doing I find out exactly why. Lisa is the strongest, bravest woman I know. She gives so many people hope and inspiration. She is a bright light at the end of the tunnel.
I am not a religious person, but I was religiously reading her blog. Silently, mind you...never commenting and letting her know. You see, although Lisa and I went to the same high school, I was moving to Arizona around the same time she was moving to Dallas...to the high school I went to. I knew of her, but don't even remember ever chatting. So I could just start commenting on her blog...I didn't know her well enough...
Then on March 22, 2010, I read her blog entry that really upset me. Upset me to the point where I had to reach out. I emailed her....
Since that day, we have chatted often. I still read her blogs regularly. Some days I can still see afterwards, other days I have to wait for my tears to clear.

As you know, I design and make jewelry. That is the reason I started this blog...to help promote the pieces I make and talk about my love for designing and making jewelry.
When I read that Lisa was fighting her insurance company for surgery, I was shocked. Insurance companies that don't pay...we have them to pay, not fight paying. She lost the battle with the insurance company. She had her much needed surgery and she has a huge hospital bill to pay. I wanted to help in any way I could. So I designed a very simple and delicate necklace that I like to call Lisa's necklace. I vowed to her that for every necklace sold, I will donate to her to help her pay her hospital bill or for whatever she needs.

Please visit Lisa's blog here to participate in this giveaway.

January 20, 2011

Enter to Win I Found

Does your blog need a makeover? I was surfing around blogland and found this contest.
You should definitely check it out.



We are over half way through January....how are your resolutions going? Did you make any?

I don't normally make resolutions, I just go about life as normal. This year, I made some statements to myself about things I wanted to do or change...so it looks like I made some resolutions. I am succeeding at some and not so much on others.

What I am succeeding at:

Cleaning out and getting more organized. Some members of my family will tell you this process is so painfully slow that they don't see any difference. I am here to tell you, I know what has gone into the trash and what has made its way to the recycle bin and there is a difference.

What I am still yet to start:

Eating healthy on a regular basis and going back to the gym. I really want to do these things, I just am so tired and lack the motivation to get started. A quick (processed food) meal is just easier when you are tired. And as for the gym, all of those other resolution people are there so it is probably very crowded. These are the things I tell myself, with maybe next week I will start.

So what are your "resolutions" and how are you doing with them?

Do you have the energy and motivation to complete everything in your day as you would like?


January 19, 2011

It's been a while...

It has been a while since my last post. I have been given the best reason possible to start blogging again.

Today is my friend's one-year anniversary...the anniversary of the day she was diagnosed with breast cancer. It has been a long year, but she is very strong and is fighting this fight.

Please see her blog here.

I made a necklace for Lisa and sell it in my etsy shop. I donate to her for every necklace sold to help pay the hospital bill. Her insurance refused to pay for her surgery. Purchase your necklace today to help Lisa and her family.